My father waited decades before he started writing about God. And when he did start, he could finally see why God had been gently nudging him about it for so long. Over the years, his work reached millions of people.
And how glad were the people whom my father helped with his work that he did finally listen to God. How happy were the people who heard the gospel and are now saved from the horror of hell for all of eternity.“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14; NIV)
Quick side note: Of course my father didn’t save anyone. It is the Holy Spirit that works. My father only had the fingers that typed the articles on the keyboard.
What are you dragging your feet on?
Now the question… what have you been putting off for days, weeks, months, years? Maybe it’s reading the Bible. Or daily prayer and conversations with God. Or maybe it’s spreading God’s Word. Or maybe it’s that you finally accept the saving hand of Jesus. I don’t know what it is in your life that you may have been putting off, but there is no reason to procrastinate. God is there to help you.
Sometimes I don’t know what to write about. I’m waiting for some stroke of genius or some palpable inspiration for an article. But to be honest… most of the time, the inspiration just doesn’t come. Most of the time the clouds don’t part, most of the time there’s no choir of angels and most of the time, no finished articles fall in my lap. (Okay, even “most of the time” is an exaggeration… none of those things have ever happened to me before)
No, most of the time I just have to start. And as I’m writing, the words start to flow. Before I begin, I ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and then I just start. And suddenly it flows. Suddenly the words come to me. Suddenly inspiration comes.
We don’t know how much time we have left
Don’t waste your valuable time. We do not know when the rapture will take place. We do not know when or if our earthly death will come.
If Jesus raptures us tonight, would you regret not doing what God told you to do? And if Jesus raptures us 10 years from now, just think about how much you can do for Him in that time if you started today.
Every day more than 115,000 people worldwide accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Source: “The Signature of God” by Grant R. Jeffrey, Colorado Springs, 2010, p. 37) How glad do you think are those 115,000 people that someone took the time to share the good news with them?
Don’t find reasons to delay. Just start
- If you want to read your Bible more, you don’t have to wait for the perfect time. Just start reading.
- If you want to pray more, you don’t have to wait until you “feel” God. Just start praying.
- If you want to write about God, you don’t have to wait for a sign from God. Just start writing. And if it’s not a website, then write postcards with Bible verses to your relatives. Just start and God will guide you.
⇒ As I said before, I always ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance before I begin. This doesn’t have to be a long, complicated prayer. A simple “Holy Spirit, please give me wisdom” will do.
And if you don’t want to?
Even here, God will gladly help you. The Bible tells us that He even works the willingness in us to fulfill His good purpose: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13; NIV).
Just ask Him for help. ‘How? You mean I can tell God that I don’t feel like reading the Bible and ask Him to help me?’ Of course. You don’t have to fool God. He’s more than happy to help you. Be honest and ask Him for help in whichever area you need help.
God has prepared so many beautiful works for you. What a great adventure awaits you!
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10; NIV)
Or as it says in another translation:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10; KJV)